"The only real recourse is for each of us to realize that the elements we have are not inexhaustible. We’re all in the same spaceship." -- Frank Borman, commander of Apollo 8
As people get ready to celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd, I want to remind you of a famous picture:
I think it no coincidence that the first Earth Day was celebrated a mere 16 months after this picture was taken. I'm not saying that this image itself was the impetus for Earth Day, but images do have power. The space program gave us a unique viewpoint we never had before. Our planet is immensely large from our own personal perspective. Even traveling one quarter of the way around it in a jet airplane feels like a major undertaking. When looking at a map or a globe, all the details we see make it seem large. From a spaceship hundreds of thousands of miles away, however, our planet is just a little blue ball hanging in space. We need to be grateful for the blessing this world is in our otherwise harsh universe.
This perspective is critical to guiding our path on the Long Ascent.